South Korea's 'Free Trade' Agreement Looks To Restrict All Kinds Of P2P, User-Generated Content Sites As Well

from the not-all-free-trade-is-free-trade dept

Remember the “free trade” agreement the US and South Korea were signing that, rather than promoting free trade, seemed to promote intellectual monopolies by extending draconian intellectual property laws to South Korea? Over at Against Monopoly they’re discussing some of the other clauses in the agreement that include a promise from South Korea that it will help shut down any internet site that permits the unauthorized reproduction, distribution or transmission of copyrighted works. It isn’t too surprising that the US government would push for such a law, given its active involvement in trying to take down the websites of foreign companies like The Pirate Bay and AllofMP3.com. However, it does seem a bit ridiculous to suggest that South Korea needs to force any site that permits such things to shut down. The list of sites that permit the unauthorized reproduction, distribution and transmission of copyrighted works is quite long and includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and many others. In fact, the internet itself allows for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution and transmission of copyrighted works — so perhaps we should just have the US government ask South Korea to turn off the internet. Unfortunately, as is noted at Against Monopoly, you can now expect to see similar clauses appear in lots of other “free trade” agreements that have little to do with free trade and everything to do with protecting American content businesses.


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reed says:

What happens?

What happens in 50 years from now when India and China will be doing most of the inventing. Will we recognize all their IP? Sounds like IP laws could very well backfire on the US in the future if we continue to pursue free trade (Should be called monopoly trade lol).

IP law is of course already obsolete in so many ways. If we choose to keep clinging to a broken idea it may very well spell the death of the United States ability to innovate in the future. The world is simply getting to big to give any one person or corporation ownership of something vague as an idea or concept.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: What happens?

What happens in 50 years from now when India and China will be doing most of the inventing. Will we recognize all their IP?

The plan is for most of their IP to actually belong to US corporations through various licensing schemes. They do the work, US collects the money.

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